Season of giving

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Nonprofit gives back to local community More than 200 children at Snapfinger Elementary School received an extra gift in their stockings for the holidays thanks to nonprofit organization Howey, Hudson, Lowe Foundation. The foundation provided activities and gifts for students at Snapfinger for the organization’s annual Winter Wonderland celebration. Founded by Brenda Jackson, Norma Washington […]

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Decade of giving

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Sheriff’s office hosts 10th annual adopt a family program For more than a decade, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has given holiday cheer to local families in need. On Dec. 20, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office hosted the 10th annual “Adopt a Family for Christmas” holiday event at the DeKalb County Jail. The DeKalb County […]

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Mobile medical services touts early success

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A new mobile unit in DeKalb County is designed to take some of the stress out of going to the doctor.  Kids’ Doc on Wheels, a nonprofit organization based in Clarkston, is bringing the doctor’s office to DeKalb County’s school district. The organization operates out of a $150,000, 40-foot bus that includes exam rooms, restrooms […]

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Better to give than receive

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  Boy Scout donates supplies to foster children Becoming an Eagle Scout is one of the highest ranks in the Boy Scouts of America program, but before earning such a distinction, members must complete an Eagle Scout service project that will help the community.  As a former foster child, 14-year-old Reece Huffman said he wanted […]

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Helping hands

Kamisha Sims with the Decatur Fire and Rescue Department holds some of the donated items collected by the department.

Local fire department getting involved during holidays Decatur Fire and Rescue Chief Ninetta Violante said she was taught by her mother how to help others. Whether it was helping someone carry groceries to the car or opening a door, the gesture was never too small, Violante said. The same lessons Violante learned as a child […]

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‘Deadbeat’ parents’ initiative nabs violators

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    While some parents are getting ready for the holidays, others who are behind on their child support and are served with a warrant, will spend time in jail thanks to a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office program.  The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve more than 200 warrants Dec. 20 as part of […]

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Firefighter cancer bill to take effect


Eligible firefighters in DeKalb County will receive insurance coverage for cancer in the event the disease is developed while on the job. House Bill 146, which was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal after he vetoed a similar bill, will require organized fire departments to offer insurance coverage to pay claims for cancer. The […]

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CHAMPION EXCLUSIVE: Man accused of bridge collapse talks addiction, homelessness and sobriety

Basil Eleby stands with his attorney Mawuli Mel Davis at the Fulton County Courthouse Dec. 15. Eleby will not be charged in the 1-85 bridge collapse if he completes an 18-month diversion program.

 Basil Eleby was accused of starting a fire that caused the bridge to collapse and resulted in forced changes in traffic patterns and longer commute times for DeKalb County residents. Police charged Eleby with first degree arson and criminal damage to property after witnesses claimed he put a chair on top of a shopping cart […]

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